Supporting adult learners in professional practice settings (masters level) (ADV727)

Key features

This 20 credit masters-level module will teach you to understand, critique and apply the relevant knowledge, skills and values needed to facilitate adult learners in professional practice settings. You will learn to provide and manage a safe, stimulating learning environment which maximises their learning and development and ensures the needs of members of the public are paramount.

Through discussion, group activities, reading and seminar presentations you will:

  • develop the ability to transfer professional practice knowledge, skills and values into creative work with a wide range of learners in practice
  • develop the ability to critically apply theories of organisational structures, management, adult learning and teaching and achieving this within diverse contexts
  • learn to develop confident, reflective and proficient practice educators capable of maintaining professional values in complex situations and within organisational constraints.

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Course details

On successful completion of either of these modules you will be able to:

  • critically evaluate your practice, integrating ideas, perspectives and theories from appropriate literature and taking into account the broader context
  • create a learning environment which facilitates reflection and critical thinking
  • demonstrate critical application of knowledge and understanding of the way in which learning takes place in practice
  • manage the complexity of creating a positive learning environment for the learner whilst ensuring a safe and effective service, which could include supervision of the learner
  • demonstrate the use of a range of facilitation methods in response to assessed learner need.


The assessment for this module is a portfolio showing that you have met the assessed learning outcomes

(Please note that these assessment details are provisional – if you require further information please contact the module lead or the Professional Development Unit).

Module dates

This module is not running for the 2020 / 21 academic year. 

Occasionally delivery dates might be subject to change, always check with the module lead or Professional Development Unit.

Please be aware that all modules run to minimum numbers. In the event that there are low numbers, this module may be rescheduled to an alternative date. Some modules are also subject to maximum numbers.

This module can be taken as a standalone professional development module or as an optional module towards a number of MSc Advanced Professional Practice pathways – please contact the Professional Development Unit for information.

Admissions information 

Additional information and documentation required for the application process.
  • application forms 
  • change of name forms
  • pre-course information
  • downloadable guides 
  • student card.


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Module lead – Julia Wheeler

Appropriate and adequate support of learners in practice is critical in enabling learners to develop their professional identity. This module offers the opportunity to work with other professionals in creating a space to explore how to achieve this.

Find out more about Julia Wheeler
Julia Wheeler

Entry requirements

To be considered for a place on these modules:

  • you must have previously studied to graduate level
  • you must be a health and social care professional registered with the Health and Care Professions Council
  • you must have had (within last year), have or be about to have (within the next year) access to a student/learner when undertaking this module
  • you must be supported by a Practice Educator (Level 2 or equivalent)

You'll be considered and advised individually (where required) by the programme team and Professional Development Unit. Please contact the PDU or programme lead if you have any queries regarding your situation.

Fees and funding


Please see our professional development module fees page.


Funding for this module may be available through your employing trust. Please contact your trust’s education coordinator in the first instance. If you work in the private, independent or voluntary sector, please contact your employer who will advise you accordingly.